In the past few years, one-for-one business models have been booming. Good examples of this type of company are Tom’s shoes and Warby Parker glasses. Tom’s donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. Similarly, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair sold. Both of these companies have become huge success stories in the past few years.
So, this begs the question, if one-for-one works for shoes and glasses, can it also work for housing? I think yes!
The key element required in making this architectural and economic venture successful is to create a house that is equally desirable both in the developed and developing world. Essentially, the design has to accommodate two drastically different user groups, the haves and the have-nots.
The design of the Lattice House is rooted in the idea that it will have duel uses. In the developing world, the design would provide a 200 SF dwelling that allows for regional and cultural adaptation while providing an entry point into home ownership. In the developed world, the design would provide a backyard shelter that could be used for storage, a carport or as a covered outdoor picnic area.
Designed around a kit of parts that is readily available (both in developed and undeveloped nations), the house aims to create a system of building that over time can be added onto, personalized and take full advantage of local building resources. Additionally, due to its weight, it can be transported to places with minimal vehicular access. The house utilizes a simple barrel vault for both structural efficiency and to maximize space while reducing required materials.
Safety was of key concern during the design of the structure and was a primary reason for selecting a lightweight wood lath system. Unlike masonry and earth formed structures, if the wood lath frame failed, it would likely cause little harm to the occupants and could be repaired with ease.
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